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    Re: What did you have for dinner tonight?

    Post by chris c on Wed Apr 13 2016, 22:28

    I decided to forgo my usual salmon, haddock or kippers from the fish van this week as he had some brown shrimp, which I polished off stir fried with coloured peppers, chillies and garlic over an anatomically correct (ie. small) portion of rice. Very tasty, especially with the addition of some toasted sesame oil.

    Also have a couple of small herrings which I haven't attacked yet, thanks for reminding me I need more watercress.

    Asparagus has arrived from Norfolk and is going down a treat with spring lamb chops, and more purple sprouting has appeared which I just ate with the lamb's liver, mushroom and bacon.

    Still no scurvy, bad breath or constipation . . .
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    Re: What did you have for dinner tonight?

    Post by Jan1 on Mon Apr 25 2016, 12:45


    Chicken is on the menu plan again. It is a meat I really enjoy using because it has a high level of good quality protein, as well as B vitamins, iron, copper and selenium. I spotted this lovely recipe idea from Elise, at Simply Recipes, and thought it one to share. She uses chicken thighs, which I think are so tasty, some lovely cremini (button) mushrooms and blends some wonderful tastes using shallots, tarragon and parsley. You can see her recipe, along with a step by step guide which is so useful, here

    http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/chicken_thighs_with_mushrooms_and_shallots/

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    Re: What did you have for dinner tonight?

    Post by chris c on Wed Apr 27 2016, 20:06

    By a strange coincidence I just polished off a chicken stir fry with multicoloured peppers, chillies, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, lemon juice, oh and how could I forget the BACON?

    I also found a pheasant I forgot I hadn't eaten yet in the freezer. When that's gone I might replace it with some pheasant breasts from the farm shop freezers, well recommended as a change from chicken.
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    Re: What did you have for dinner tonight?

    Post by Jan1 on Fri May 06 2016, 11:42

    It's Friday AGAIN ... where do these weeks go?

    So I think it could be fish on the dinner plates tonight

    This recipe is nice and easy


    Easy Bake White Fish With Leeks and Cheese Recipe

    1. Take 250 grams, white fish and cut into pieces about an inch square (25mm).
    2. Place in an oven proof dish.
    3. Chop up two leeks and place over the fish.
    4. Cover fish and leeks with double cream, sprinkle over some mixed herbs, salt and pepper.
    5. Bake for 20 minutes at 200c.
    6. Remove from oven and cover with grated cheddar cheese.
    7. Return to oven and remove when cheese has turned golden brown.

    Above recipe - Serves two.

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    Re: What did you have for dinner tonight?

    Post by Jan1 on Mon Jun 06 2016, 19:52

    ... ooh, the timer buzzer in the kitchen has just gone off!

    Must go and check the salmon, broccoli and mixed vegetables that are cooking for dinner Smile

    Hope you enjoyed something low carb and tasty Question

    All the best Jan
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    Re: What did you have for dinner tonight?

    Post by Jan1 on Tue Sep 20 2016, 19:02

    Now if you should happen to like pork ... this makes for a lovely meal.

    Pork and Plum Casserole



    Just right for a lovely Autumn meal, and using the plums just added a nice and slightly different taste. Plums have 11g carb per 100grams and using just two fitted in with our LCHF menu plans well.

    If you would like a nice gentle aroma of pork and plums wafting through your kitchen, here is what I did!


    Ingredients:
    Serves 2
    330g pork (I used leg) wipe clean and dice
    one red pepper, cleaned and diced
    six shallots (skin/peel off)
    three white mushrooms gently cleaned and quartered
    four cherry tomatoes washed
    two red plums washed, halved and de-stoned
    salt and pepper for seasoning
    tsp mixed herbs
    3/4 pint gravy stock of your choice

    Method:
    Heat oven to 180C / 350F / Gas Mark 4
    In an oven proof casserole dish place the diced pork, pepper, shallots and mushrooms.
    Season with some salt, pepper and mixed herbs
    Make up your stock and pour over meat and vegetables to cover
    Put lid on casserole dish, place in warmed oven, cook for 45 minutes.
    Remove dish carefully from oven and add the cherry tomatoes and plums
    Return to oven for another 45 minutes (approx)
    Check meat and fruit is cooked/tender.

    Tip - I usually gently stir all ingredients at least twice during cooking

    Whilst casserole is cooking prepare any accompanying vegetables

    Serve on warmed plates and enjoy

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    Re: What did you have for dinner tonight?

    Post by Jan1 on Sun Oct 30 2016, 11:57


    Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin with Sausage

    Got the idea from Diet Doctor site ... great for last night's dish ... but could also be enjoyed mid-week

    Ingredients
    Serves Two
    (16g carb per serving)
    225 g sausages
    ½ leek
    ½ yellow (white) onion
    225 g broccoli, in florets
    110 g cauliflowers, in florets
    1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    100 - 150 ml sour cream
    100 ml shredded (grated) cheese
    25 g butter, for frying
    30 ml fresh thyme
    salt and pepper, to taste

    Tip:
    Choose high-quality sausages with a high meat content and without unnecessary additives.

    See cooking instructions here
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/broccoli-and-cauliflower-gratin-with-sausage

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    Re: What did you have for dinner tonight?

    Post by Jan1 on Thu Dec 08 2016, 20:46

    ... and tonights meal was delicious - even more so because Eddie cooked it!

    Cauliflower rice and Chicken Stroganoff similar to this but with red pepper added
    https://thelowcarbdiabetic.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/chicken-stroganoff-with-grated.html

    Made a wonderful Thursday night dish.

    All the best Jan
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    Re: What did you have for dinner tonight?

    Post by Jan1 on Tue Jan 24 2017, 19:45

    Dinner tonight is a Chicken Curry (not too hot, it's korma style) with some low carb vegetables and wonderful cauliflower rice ...

    I'm off to finish sorting it now.

    I wonder - are you tucking into some great LCHF food tonight, or perhaps you've already eaten.

    Feel free to share here  Smile

    All the best Jan
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    Re: What did you have for dinner tonight?

    Post by chris c on Tue Jan 24 2017, 23:03

    I pondered buying chicken in the butcher's but settled for Cumberland sausages and more lamb's liver (and the obligatory bacon). Polished off most of the second half of the latest pheasant breast stir-fried with the usual multicoloured peppers, chillies, garlic, olives, and of course bacon and mushrooms, in EVOO. Still have enough left over for a casserole with celery and carrots among other things. Maybe I'll have chicken curry next week. Ah, decisions, decisions . . .
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    Re: What did you have for dinner tonight?

    Post by Jan1 on Wed Feb 01 2017, 18:41

    Dinner tonight is one of our favourites Pork Casserole Rustic Style


    Ingredients: Serves two

    2/3 pork chops (optional remove fat) and cut into small pieces
    2 large leeks chopped
    1 hand full of button mushrooms
    1 large sliced carrot
    1 table spoon of dried mixed herbs
    Approx 1 pint of gravy stock
    Salt and pepper to taste.

    Method
    Clean, cut and place all ingredients in a casserole dish or earthenware oven proof pot with lid.
    Pour over the stock and cook at 190c in an electric oven 90 mins. Gas mark 5.

    What could be easier, very lowcarb, real food and tastes great.

    All the best Jan
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    Re: What did you have for dinner tonight?

    Post by chris c on Wed Feb 01 2017, 21:12

    I ended up with venison sausages (just had two with purple sprouting), ground pork because it was in the freezer next to the sausages, and chicken breast because of your previous post. Only when I got back I realised I should have bought something to casserole to go with the remaining carrots and celery. Now I have a couple of days to decide, pork, lamb, or beef . . . or rabbit, I just dreamed about rabbit casserole.
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    Re: What did you have for dinner tonight?

    Post by chris c on Thu Feb 02 2017, 22:48

    I had a second meal last night - chicken curry, with cashew nuts and the usual multicoloured peppers, chillies, garlic, tomato puree, turmeric, coriander, cumin, lashings of cardamom and some cayenne, fried in coconut oil on a small bed of rice. I said small! I probably eat about a kilo a year, a few grams at a time.
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    Re: What did you have for dinner tonight?

    Post by chris c on Sat Feb 04 2017, 22:54

    OK I have a saddle of rabbit to go with the remaining carrots and celery, along with the regulation bacon, mushrooms, peppers, garlic, black peppers and bay leaves. And another pheasant. But first I need to demolish these Gloucester Old Spot sausages which leapt into my shopping bag. One lot with purple sprouting, one lot with Brussels sprouts, I suspect.
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    Re: What did you have for dinner tonight?

    Post by Jan1 on Sun Feb 05 2017, 17:14


    Dinner tonight is Coq au vin with celeriac mash

    Ingredients:
    Serves 4
    (amend to suit)

    Olive oil spray
    100g diced pancetta
    8 chicken thighs, (skin removed if preferred)
    1 onion, finely chopped
    2 carrots, peeled and cut into half-moons
    2 sticks celery, trimmed and finely chopped
    250g chestnut mushrooms, sliced
    2 tbsp flour
    1 tbsp thyme leaves
    1 sprig rosemary, leaves roughly chopped
    1 tbsp sage leaves, roughly chopped
    1 bay leaf
    300ml red wine
    500ml chicken stock
    10 shallots, peeled and halved
    2 cloves garlic, crushed
    800g celeriac, roughly cubed
    Parsley, to serve

    Instructions are here
    http://thelowcarbdiabetic.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/coq-au-vin-with-celeriac-mash.html

    All the best Jan
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    Re: What did you have for dinner tonight?

    Post by Jan1 on Wed Feb 22 2017, 19:52

    Oh dear ...

    Eddie looked at the chicken recipe I'd put on the blog today, and said that looks nice Smile
    http://thelowcarbdiabetic.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/chicken-thighs-pan-roasted-with-chive.html

    He was just a little disappointed when I told him we were actually having a Mediterranean cod bake tonight Exclamation

    Think I'd better get some chicken thighs tomorrow Smile

    Just off to serve our fish dish up ... got lots of peppers and courgettes with it too

    Yum!

    All the best Jan

    PS Hope your dinner was good
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    Re: What did you have for dinner tonight?

    Post by Jan1 on Fri Mar 17 2017, 13:06

    What did you have for dinner - or perhaps here's a good dinner idea!

    Pork Shoulder Chops with Green Beans and Avocado Mix


    I find pork shoulder chops are usually very tasty, especially served like this!

    Ingredients:
    Serves Four
    8g carb per serving

    Pork shoulder chops
    2 tablespoons mild chipotle paste
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    ½ teaspoon salt
    4 pork shoulder chops

    Garlic butter
    4¼ oz. / 120 g butter, at room temperature
    1 clove garlic
    ½ teaspoon salt
    ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
    ¼ teaspoon paprika powder

    Green beans and avocado
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    2⁄3 lb / 300 g fresh green beans
    ½ teaspoon salt
    ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
    2 avocados
    6 scallions (spring onion)
    fresh cilantro (optional)
    pepper to taste

    This idea was spotted at Diet Doctor site here
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/oven-grilled-pork-shoulder-chops-green-beans-avocado

    All the best Jan
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    Re: What did you have for dinner tonight?

    Post by Eddie on Tue Mar 28 2017, 17:56

    Jan's away for three days, before she left she filled up the fridge with lots of low carb grub. So, for me tonight I am pre-cooking a very nice salmon fillet. I intend to flake it up and chuck it in a three egg omelette. Swilled down with a few glasses of wine. How I'v stuck with this low carb lark for nearly nine years is beyond me. mrgreen


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    Re: What did you have for dinner tonight?

    Post by chris c on Wed Mar 29 2017, 21:30

    Yeah I really don't understand how I could have spent, OK wasted, so much of my life dutifully eating Holy Heath Grains and margarine when I could have had Real Food.

    Another brace of pheasants in the freezer, that reminds me I should take one out and thaw it, be right back . . .
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    Re: What did you have for dinner tonight?

    Post by Jan1 on Thu Apr 06 2017, 18:30

    I said to Eddie ...'do you mind if we have fish tonight?'

    'Will it be the Easy Bake White Fish With Leeks and Cheese Recipe we like?' was his reply

    'Of course, it will be, I said'


    @Jan1 wrote:
    This recipe is nice and easy


    Easy Bake White Fish With Leeks and Cheese Recipe

    1. Take 250 grams, white fish and cut into pieces about an inch square (25mm).
    2. Place in an oven proof dish.
    3. Chop up two leeks and place over the fish.
    4. Cover fish and leeks with double cream, sprinkle over some mixed herbs, salt and pepper.
    5. Bake for 20 minutes at 200c.
    6. Remove from oven and cover with grated cheddar cheese.
    7. Return to oven and remove when cheese has turned golden brown.

    Above recipe - Serves two.

    All the best Jan

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    Re: What did you have for dinner tonight?

    Post by Jan1 on Thu Jun 01 2017, 19:08

    Some tasty beef burgers with a mixed salad tonight (and no bun in sight! LOL!)

    Serves Two Decent Sized Burgers

    250/300 gram lean minced beef
    1 red onion chopped
    1 egg yolk
    1 - 2 tsp olive oil
    1 tsp dried mixed herbs *
    Salt and pepper to season

    * I used dried herbs but if you have fresh ones even better

    You can find the recipe in the Burgers thread here
    http://lowcarbdiabetic.forumotion.co.uk/t348-burger-recipe-ideas

    All the best Jan
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    Re: What did you have for dinner tonight?

    Post by Jan1 on Sat Jun 24 2017, 19:28

    During the hot weather we have experienced these last few days dinner has been salads.
    You can really ring the changes with salad e.g. chicken salad, cheese salad, kebabs and salad, lamb chops and salad even steak and salad ... plus lots of other combinations too Smile

    But as the weather has turned slightly cooler, tonight it's going to be Roast Chicken ... the aroma coming from the kitchen is delicious, and the meat has only a few more minutes before it's ready for carving.

    I think as I type Eddie is pouring me a glass of chilled white wine ...
    Enjoy your evening.

    All the best Jan
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    Re: What did you have for dinner tonight?

    Post by chris c on Sat Jun 24 2017, 23:32

    Oh that takes me back! Unfortunately my memories are also of roast potatoes in the pan with the chicken. Mother (and gran) used to part-boil them then add them to the roasting tray, and I think drizzle them with fat a few times but I can't remember which, maybe lard or bacon fat carefully collected, strained and left in the fridge to separate out. Served with various mixtures of boiled veggies, carrots, peas, sprouts, runner beans . . . in more recent times mother used to buy bags of frozen mixed veggies including sweet corn.

    Back in the day, chicken was a special treat at Christmas and a few times a year, I can't remember when it became commonplace, sixties? seventies?

    These days I stick to roasting entire pheasants or partridges, I can't remember if it was from mother or I think a girlfriend that I learned the trick of sticking bacon on the top, but mother took it up. I think she already knew the trick of starting the chicken upside down and turning it over halfway through. Mostly nowadays I just have chicken breasts and stir-fry or curry them.

    Earlier I had a hunk of smoked haddock boiled briefly with toasted almonds and equally briefly boiled samphire. I buttered the haddock as well as an oatcake. Now I have room for a second meal maybe I should page back through this thread for inspiration. I'd have bolognese with halloumi and asparagus but I had that yesterday. Oh of course, the other half of the gammon rasher topped with grilled grated cheddar! I'll try and force it down. That leaves the other slice of liver with bacon, mushroom and broccoli for tomorrow.
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    Re: What did you have for dinner tonight?

    Post by Jan1 on Sun Jun 25 2017, 13:01

    "Mother (and gran) used to part-boil them then add them to the roasting tray, and I think drizzle them with fat a few times but I can't remember which, maybe lard or bacon fat carefully collected, strained and left in the fridge to separate out. Served with various mixtures of boiled veggies, carrots, peas, sprouts, runner beans . . . "

    Sounds very similar to our house when I was growing up ...
    We used to love the dripping lard, especially on toast!!!

    Thanks for reminding me to buy some more Halloumi next time I'm at the shops - it really is delicious isn't it.

    All the best Jan
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    Re: What did you have for dinner tonight?

    Post by chris c on Mon Jun 26 2017, 23:34

    Always worth reminiscing about what people used to eat before they all got fat and diabetic, and going back there!

    Modern access to what my father called "foreign muck!" like garlic and peppers and olive oil (and halloumi!" is a major improvement though. I'm going to have them all shortly along with local ground beef, mushrooms and of course bacon, tomato puree, paprika and oregano. He'd be turning in his grave if he hadn't been cremated.

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